Here’s The Most Leafs Article Ever About How They Can Get McDavid In Three Years

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Source – I have always been a long-term planner even though this trait does not synchronize with the prototypical short-term view–typically defined as the win now at the expense of the hockey club’s future mentality–of Leafs Nation. This means that if I were hired by Brendan Shanahan to fill the current vacant GM position of the Toronto Maple Leafs hypothetically speaking, rather than agonizing over the fact that the Blue and White came out on the short-end of the stick in the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery, or unrealistically trying to figure on how to go about convincing Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli to trade Connor McDavid to Toronto before the commencement of the 2015 to 2016 NHL season, I prefer to spend my time on analyzing whether there may be a way to put No. 97 in a Maple Leafs jersey at the first available opportune time instead.

 

Are Leaf fans seriously still butt hurt that they didn’t land McDavid? It has been three months since we landed hockey’s next great thing and they still can’t believe he’s not a Leaf. They’re so baffled that they’re now coming up with delusional myths on how they can get McDavid from the Oilers. Which is apparently inevitable, if you ask Leafs Nation.

Since April 18, we’ve heard it all: McDavid will pull a Lindros, McDavid isn’t happy about going to Edmonton, McDavid will be ruined by Edmonton. Well it’s the 20th of July now, and McDaddy definitely put on that Oilers sweater.

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And judging by a smile longer than the Oilers rebuild, I’d say he looks pretty happy.

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And it may only have been orientation camp, but so far putting on an Oilers logo hasn’t ruined Connor McDavid yet.

 

So now that these conspiracy theorists have been put in their place, we’re forced to have McDavid’s future shoved down our throats. A future that’s in blue and white, obviously. Today’s article posted on The Hockey Writers details how Toronto can land McDavid in three years. If you have a functioning hockey brain, you’ll know what three years means. It’s no surprise that they’re (Leaf fans) already talking about giving him an offer sheet. I’m sure 28 other fan bases have already fantasized about a McDavid offer sheet. But 28 other fan bases are smart enough to understand that’s just not possible. Enter the Leafs fan base.

The article starts off incredibly bold:

While there is no absolute guarantee, all signs point to the fact that McDavid will be an impact player in the NHL.

Then begins to discuss why it’s not possible for the Leafs to trade for McDavid.

…it is simply a waste of time to make phone calls to Chiarelli to try to convince him to somehow change his mind and trade McDavid no matter how attractive the returns may look–yes, that means Toronto will almost certainly get rebuffed even if they were willing to put Mitch Marner, William Nylander, and Morgan Rielly on the table simultaneously as part of the package in a possible deal for McDavid.

Yes. Mitch Marner, William Nylander and Morgan Reilly would all have to be on the table. Along with all your draft picks for the next 25 years, $20-million in cash, the naming rights to Connor’s first born and the rights to draft him or her when the child is of age, in which case we’d still say no. Rebuffed city.

Then it goes on to talk about the Oilers cap situation, and how tough it will be for us to pay McDaddy in three years.

Three years from now, McDavid becomes a restricted free agent assuming that Edmonton does not resign him before he completes his entry level contract. By that time, the Oilers may well have difficulties getting itself under the salary cap as Edmonton have already committed $22,000,000 to just four players for the 2018 to 2019 season: Jordan Eberle ($6,000,000), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($6,000,000), Taylor Hall ($6,000,000), and Benoit Pouliot ($4,000,000). Even if the Oilers is willing to spend the maximum allowed, i.e., at the salary ceiling, for the 2018 to 2019 season, it would be a tall order to fill out the reminder (sic) of the roster (totalling 19 players, especially with players such as Nail Yakupov expecting a big raise on his second contract) seeing that the team has already tied up so much money on just four players. As such, Edmonton could face major challenges trying to free up enough cap space to resign McDavid by that time, much like how the Pittsburgh Penguins have little salary cap room to manoeuvre now having devoted a significant percentage of its salary cap to five players: Crosby, Marc-André Fleury, Phil Kessel, Kris Letang, and Evgeni Malkin. In fact, the Oilers could find itself in cap jail, a situation that is reminiscent of how the Chicago Blackhawks had to dispatch key members of its Stanley Cup-winning teams in 2010, 2013, and 2015 having spent a large portion of its cap space to lock up Patrick Kane, Ducan Keith, Brent Seabrook, and Jonathan Toews.

I’m sure the Oil will be desperate to lock up Nail at a significant financial hit long term and not focus on the most important contract in franchise history since Gretzky’s. Exactly how this guy thinks a player who set a career high in points with 33 points last season is for sure due for a significant raise is beyond me. Maybe Yak explodes for 102 goals like ENS predicted next season. Or maybe he plays on the third line and doesn’t eclipse the 40 point plateau again resulting in another short-term, low cash contract or just a straight up trade. Also, remember how the Penguins had to dump Crosby to make their cap work? And how Chicago had to move Kane and Toews to slide underneath the ceiling? God help the Oilers when they’re cornered into signing McDavid. There’s no WAY we’ll be able to afford him, especially not with Benoit Pouliot making $4-million a season.

But what if Edmonton does the unthinkable and say, manages their salary cap wisely to fit McDavid into the picture long-term?  Well of course, any Leafs article detailing their McTakeover wouldn’t be complete without reminding everyone that McDavid wants to play for the Leafs.

Another factor to consider is that even if Edmonton manages to shed enough salary and free up the necessary cap space to try to resign McDavid, there is no guarantee that McDavid would be willing to resign, especially since he has already made it clear that it be a dream come true for him to play for the Maple Leafs (albeit both Dylan Strome and Marner have the same mentality). Under this circumstance, the Oilers essentially has two options: (1) to engage in a hostile (and possibly lengthy) contract dispute with McDavid which would result in a stalemate for both parties (and in turn give rival teams the chance to submit offer sheets to McDavid) or (2) to trade McDavid for assets that could help the club immediately and/or down the road.

McDavid’s clear desire to play for Toronto will obviously mean a contract hold out, like the one everybody in the GTA predicted would happen that didn’t actually happen immediately following the lottery. That would mean that we realistically wouldn’t hand him a blank cheque. This is what you do when McDaddy walks in after his second year for a contract extension:

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But if for some reason we can’t agree on a term and dollar figure (max, and whatever he wants) it will for sure result in a lengthy, hostile holdout between the two parties that will give all 29 teams a shot at an offer sheet, that we obviously wouldn’t match. Or we could trade the next Gretzky for players like Mitch Marner and William Nylander to get immediate help back. Nobody wants things to become hostile. Take the Leafs talent, we’ll regret it if we don’t. Especially because the last time we took a hyped product from the Leafs’ organization it worked out so well.

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But speaking of Mitch Marner:

Nevertheless, because the target player, McDavid, is a generational player who in three years from now would still have yet to enter his prime, the Maple Leafs should seriously consider sending him an offer sheet if he arrives at restricted free agency even if it means that vengeance on Toronto from Edmonton is a possible outcome down the road. In short, even if the Oilers were to go after a prized Leaf player (e.g., Marner) as their counterstrike, the Maple Leafs should still be in fine shape.

If McDavid – the best player since Christ – were to hypothetically become a restricted free agent, the Maple Leafs should consider giving him an offer sheet. EVEN if that means the Oilers would rebuttal by sending Mitch Marner (gasp!) an offer sheet, because:

With Toronto in full rebuild mode after the tri-management team of Shanahan, Hunter, and Dubas began the tear down process by shipping Phil Kessel to Pittsburgh not to mention that one or more core leaf players (e.g., Tyler Bozak, Joffrey Lupul, Dion Phaneuf, and James Reimer) are likely on their way out, the team should have plenty of cap space to match Edmonton’s offer sheet to Marner in three years. Even if the Maple Leafs were unable to match the offer sheet for whatever reasons and ended up losing Marner to the Oilers, Toronto would still have effectively ‘traded’ Marner (a likely perennial superstar) to Edmonton for McDavid (a generational talent). This means that the Maple Leafs still emerges as a winner.

Unlike stupid Edmonton who couldn’t match McDavid’s offer sheet, Toronto could EASILY match Edmonton’s for Marner because they have a billion dollars in cap space. But in the psychotic and extremely unrealistic reason that they wouldn’t match what we give Marner, they would have traded Marner for McDavid. It won’t be easy for Toronto to part ways with a superstar like Marner but I guess you could say they won that trade.

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The preposterousness of this article reaches epic proportions in the last paragraph where he basically talks about McDavid being a Leaf in present form. As if it’s so obvious that the Leafs will land McJesus in three years that they’re already talking about what their centre depth will look like:

Sure, the Maple Leafs would surrender a tone of draft picks in successive years to Edmonton (likely four or more first-round picks) as compensation for bringing McDavid to the Leaf fold, but with the nucleus of their top-three lines essentially set for the next decade in McDavid, Marner, and Nylander, Toronto could finally afford to sacrifice draft picks that most likely are going to be late-in-the-round selections given that the team would most likely not only make the playoffs for years to come but in fact go deep in the postseason, if not win the cup. For Leafs Nation, the arrival of McDavid in summer 2018 would mean that the Maple Leafs would finally have its own version of Crosby, Malkin, and Jordan Stall in at the centre position.

I think the author just compared Mitch Marner to Evgeni Malkin. I also think he meant Jordan Staal but who knows. Should be noted that Steven Stamkos was surprisingly absent from Toronto’s depth chart in that paragraph.

Congratulations for the Leafs on securing McDavid and winning the Cup sometime before 2020.

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